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The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF EXO 29:1

The Method of Consecrating Priests.
"And these are the things you shall use in consecrating them to be Priests to Me You shall take an heifer from the cows, and two perfect rams;

   
RF EXO 29:2 and unfermented bread, and unfermented cakes mixed with oil; and then unfermented wafers buttered with oil, which you shall make of wheaten flour,
   
RF EXO 29:3 and put them in a basket, and offer them in the basket, with the heifer and the two rams."
   
RF EXO 29:4 Then Aaron and his sons shall approach the door of the Hall of Assembly and you shall wash them with water."
   
RF EXO 29:5 Next you shall take the garments and clothe Aaron with the robe, and the cape of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and you shall invest him with the adjuncts of the ephod.
   
RF EXO 29:6 Then you shall place the turban upon his head, and the Crown of Righteousness upon the turban.
   
RF EXO 29:7 "Afterwards take the Oil of Consecration and pour it upon his head, and consecrate him.
   
RF EXO 29:8 "Then bring forward his sons and clothe them with their robes,
   
RF EXO 29:9 and gird Aaron and his sons with the sashes and bind the mitres on them, which shall indicate the priesthood, as a perpetual institution. Appoint Aaron, and appoint his sons in this manner.
   
RF EXO 29:10 "Next you shall bring forward the heifer before the Hall of Assembly, and Aaron and his sons shall strike their hands upon the head of the heifer.
   
RF EXO 29:11 Then slay the heifer before the EVER-LIVING at the door of the Hall of Assembly,
   
RF EXO 29:12 and take of the blood of the heifer and put upon the horns of the altar with your finger, and the rest of the blood pour out at the foundation of the altar.
   
RF EXO 29:13 Then take all the fat of the caul of the bowels, and the caul over the liver, and two kidneys, and the fat which is about them, and burn them before the altar.
   
RF EXO 29:14 But the flesh of the heifer, and its skin, and the dung, you shall burn with fire outside the camp, as a sin offering.
   
RF EXO 29:15 "Then you shall take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall strike their hands upon the head of the ram.
   
RF EXO 29:16 Afterwards slay the ram, and take its blood and sprinkle upon the altar all round.
   
RF EXO 29:17 But divide the ram into portions, and wash its entrails and its legs, and lay them upon the portions with its head,
   
RF EXO 29:18 and burn all the ram upon the altar. It is a whole burnt offering to the EVER-LIVING, it is a sweet odour to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF EXO 29:19 "Afterwards take the second ram, and let Aaron and his sons strike their hands upon the head of the ram.
   
RF EXO 29:20 Then slay the ram, and take some of its blood and put upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and on the tip of the ears of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hands, and upon the great toe of their feet, and sprinkle the blood all around the altar.
   
RF EXO 29:21 Next take some of the blood which is upon the altar, and some of the oil of consecration, and sprinkle upon Aaron, and upon his robes, and upon his sons, and upon their robes with him, and sanctify him and his robes, and his sons, and their robes as well.
   
RF EXO 29:22 "Afterwards take from the ram the fat, and the suet; and the fat of the caul of the bowels, and the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is over them,—for it is a ram of consecration,—
   
RF EXO 29:23 and one round loaf of bread; and one loaf buttered with oil; and one thin cake from the basket of unfermented cakes that are before the EVER-LIVING,
   
RF EXO 29:24 and place the whole on the hands of Aaron and the hands of his sons, and they shall wave them before the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF EXO 29:25 Then take them from their hands and burn with incense upon the altar for a whole offering, as a sweet smell before the EVER-LIVING. They shall be for the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF EXO 29:26 Next take the breast of the ram of consecration, which was for Aaron, and you yourself shall wave it before the EVER-LIVING, and it shall be to yourself for a portion.
   
RF EXO 29:27 And sanctify the breast of the wave-offering, and the legs of the wave-offerings which were raised up from the Ram of Consecration, which was for Aaron and for his sons,
   
RF EXO 29:28 and they shall be for Aaron and his sons to take always from the children of Israel;—a sacrifice of thanks—you shall raise them to the EVER-LIVING."
   
RF EXO 29:29 And the sacred robes that are for Aaron shall be for his sons after him to be consecrated in, and to serve with their hands in them.
   
RF EXO 29:30 The priests from his sons after him, who come to the Hall of Assembly for the holy service, shall be clothed in them seven days.
   
RF EXO 29:31 Next take the Ram of Consecration and boil its flesh in the holy place,
   
RF EXO 29:32 and Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread which was in the basket at the door of the Hall of Assembly.
   
RF EXO 29:33 They shall eat it as a protection to them in the work of their hands,—in the Sanctuary alone: and a stranger shall not eat that holy thing with them.
   
RF EXO 29:34 But if there remains any of the flesh of the consecration, or of the bread until the morning, you shall burn the remnants by fire. They shall not be eaten, because they are holy. sons,
   
RF EXO 29:35 "Do this with Aaron and his exactly as I have commanded. Thus for seven days you shall fill their hands,
   
RF EXO 29:36 and offer a bullock for a sin offering daily, as a protection for them, with a sin offering upon the altar to protect yourself; and you shall consecrate it to sanctify it.
   
RF EXO 29:37 You shall protect for the altar seven days and sanctify it. Then the altar shall be holy of holies, all approaching to the altar shall be sacred.
   
RF EXO 29:38 The Ritual of the Alter.
"This is what you shall offer daily upon the altar, two lambs of a year old, continually.
   
RF EXO 29:39 Offer the first lamb in the morning, and offer the second lamb between the dusks;
   
RF EXO 29:40 with a tenth of flour mixed with a quarter of a hin of olive oil, and a quarter of a hin of wine with the first lamb as a drink offering.
   
RF EXO 29:41 "And offer the second lamb between the dusks; like the offering in the morning, and offer a similar drink offering with it; a sweetmeat to the EVER-LIVING;
   
RF EXO 29:42 as continuous offerings from your posterity before the EVER-LIVING at the door of the Hall of Assembly, at the place He indicates to you, where He will speak to you.
   
RF EXO 29:43 For I will show Myself to the children of Israel, and will sanctify them by
   
RF EXO 29:44 My Majesty. Thus you shall sanctify the Hall of Assembly and the altar for Me, but I will sanctify Aaron, and
   
RF EXO 29:45 his sons to Myself as Priests, and I will dwell in the midst of the children
   
RF EXO 29:46 of Israel, and be their GOD, and they shall know that I am the EVER-LIVING, the GOD Who brought them from the land of the Mitzeraim, and dwell in the midst of them. I am the EVER-LIVING GOD.
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